2019 NBA Draft Preview

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The top of this year’s NBA Draft might already be a foregone conclusion, but as the dust starts to settle on Sunday’s blockbuster trade involving Anthony Davis and a handful of the Lakers’ first-round picks, Friday could still hold a few more surprises in-store.

Betting on the NBA Draft looks difficult this year, especially if you’re a little behind on the whos-who of this year’s draft class.

Fortunately, we’ve banded together to offer a complete betting guide ahead of Friday’s tip-off, so be sure to scroll below for our 2019 NBA Draft Preview.

Number 1 Overall Pick

Zion Williamson @ $1.01
  • College: Duke (2018/19)
  • Position: Forward
  • Stats: 22.6 PPG, 8.9 REB, 2.1 APG

With the Anthony Davis distraction finally a thing of the past, the Pelicans can now focus on rebuilding from the ground up. Zion Williamson is a lock for the number one pick, gifting New Orleans a once in a generation talent comparable to that of LeBron James or Charles Barkley. Williamson was phenomenal during his lone season at Duke averaging 22.6 points-per-game on 68% shooting from the field. His dazzling dunks will make headlines in the NBA, but the 6-foot-7 guard is also a lethal transition defender capable of earning Defensive Player of the Year honours. You can’t back Williamson at these odds, but you can bet on him developing into a clutch three-point shooter after draining 33% of his shots from beyond the arc last year. Throw in his market value, and it’s safe to say the Pelicans are set for a bright future.

Number 2 Overall Pick

Ja Morant @ $1.08
  • College: Murray State (2017-19)
  • Position: Guard
  • Stats: 18.7 PPG, 6.1 REB, 8.2 APG

Again, no surprises. Ja Morant is the consensus number two pick in this year’s draft plugging the Memphis Grizzlies need for a guard should (when) Mike Conley eventually gets traded. Morant isn’t an all-rounder of Williamson’s quality, but he’s certainly the second-best option on the board. The Murray State prospect is an athletic phenom capable of leading the NBA in assists for years to come. Morant’s handles are what separates him from the rest, and although he needs to develop a more consistent jump shot, his strengths compare very similarly to those of De’Aaron Fox. In a nutshell, surround Morant with talent and let his passing do the talking.

Number 3 Overall Pick

R.J. Barrett @ $1.22
  • College: Duke
  • Position: Forward
  • Stats: 22.6 PPG, 7.6 REB, 4.3 APG

Before the Anthony Davis trade, the Knicks led many to believe they would dangle the third overall pick in front of the Pelicans in exchange for the star center. Now that we know Davis is headed to Los Angeles, it’s likely we see New York play it safe by drafting R.J. Barrett with free agency less than two weeks away. Overshadowed by Williamson last year at Duke, there’s an argument to be made surrounding Barrett’s true potential as a team’s number one overall guy. The 19-year-old has already proven himself as a true shooter averaging 25.7 points last year, and while he’s often been accused for having tunnel vision and lacking defence, the Knicks can rest assured they are gaining a gifted scorer with a relatively low floor for failure.

Number 4 Overall Pick

Jarrett Culver @ $1.83
  • College: Texas Tech (2017-19)
  • Position: Guard
  • Stats: 14.9 PPG, 5.6 REB, 2.8 APG

This is by far the most interesting pick inside the Top 5. Jarrett Culver granted the Lakers a private workout when Los Angeles originally held this pick before trading it to the Pelicans earlier in the week. Even so, it’s hard to see New Orleans passing up on a player of Culver’s talent so early on. The now six-foot-six guard averaged 18.5 points-per-game at Texas Tech last year, also playing a key part in the Red Raiders’ No. 1 overall defence. Offensively Culver is still very raw, but the work he’s done to get to this point as a consistent wing threat can’t be overstated. The 20-year-old was never touted to be a top-five NBA Draft pick this time last year, but he’s since been labelled as one of the safest picks in the draft. Since it’s too early to take a big man, the Pelicans have no other option but to draft one of the most athletic guards available.

Bol Bol Draft Position

Picks 14+ @ $1.55
  • College: Oregon (2018/19)
  • Position: Center
  • Stats: 21.0 PPG, 9.6 REB, 1.0 APG

Bol Bol, the son of NBA shot-blocking legend Manute Bol, played only nine games in his rookie season at Oregon before declaring for this year’s draft. The small sample size is only one of the many concerns surrounding the 19-year-old though, as Bol looks to return from surgery on the navicular bone in his left foot. A procedure of that magnitude can alter a players career for the worse, so it remains to be seen how the 7-foot-2 behemoth responds on the court. Firstly, he’ll need to find a team willing to take a gamble on him, and considering there are also concerns surrounding his work ethic and defence, that might be easier said than done.

Cam Reddish Draft Position

Picks 1-7 @ $2.00
  • College: Duke (2018/19)
  • Position: Forward
  • Stats: 13.5 PPG, 3.7 REB, 1.9 APG

After showing so much early promise, Reddish turned into a footnote alongside Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett during his freshman year at Duke. But for that very reason, teams will see plenty of upside in the 6-foot-8 forward, and you can count the Bulls in as potential suitors. Chicago holds the No. 7 pick this year, and although they seem high on Darius Garland, chances are he could be off the board by the time the Bulls are on the clock. Reddish looked to be a top-five recruit before he was forced into a backdoor shooting role behind Williamson and Barrett with the Blue Devils. The Bulls are still looking for consistent three-point shooting, something Reddish showed flashes of last year. After hitting paydirt on Wendell Carter and Lauri Markkanen over the last two years, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Chicago take a gamble on a player who could turn into a consistent scorer.

Carsen Edwards To Be Drafted in Round 1

No @ $1.91
  • College: Purdue (2016-19)
  • Position: Guard
  • Stats: 17.8 PPG, 3.4 REB, 2.5 APG

Edwards averaged 24.3 points-per-game during his final season at Purdue, so teams will certainly see plenty of upside here. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, there’s tremendous depth at the guard position leaving teams plenty of options – namely Nickeil Alexander-Walker or Ty Jerome – in the late stages of the first round. Edwards is easily one of the better shooters on the board, but he presents as a scoring guard rather than a true point guard. If the Celtics pass on him late, he could easily fall out of the first round.

Darius Garland Draft Position

Pick 6+ @ $4.50
  • College: Vanderbilt (2018/19)
  • Position: Guard
  • Stats: 16.2 PPG, 3.8 REB, 2.6 APG

This is absolute overs. The Suns are the favourite to land Darius Garland with the sixth overall pick, but Phoenix’s approach to the draft shouldn’t fill you with confidence. The Suns have taken a lackadaisical approach to scouting, particularly when it comes to Garland. The Suns are more in the market for veteran free agents than they are youth, and while they’ll likely just select the best player available on Friday, the options are endless. Garland shot 58% from mid-range and 47% from three during his lone season at Vanderbilt, showcasing just how prolific he can be from anywhere on the court. The Suns could do with a point guard, but you can throw Coby White into the conversation as a potential fit as well. If the draft order falls how we think it will, don’t be surprised if Garland falls outside the top five.

De'Andre Hunter Draft Position

Picks 1-5 @ $1.87
  • College: Virginia (2017-19)
  • Position: Forward
  • Stats: 12.4 PPG, 4.4 REB, 1.6 APG

There’s no doubt the Cavs will have Jarrett Culver, Darius Garland or even Cam Reddish on their radar, but all signs point towards Cleveland selecting Hunter with the fifth pick. The Cavs are in the enviable position of being able to draft a top five player or reach for a prospect with a high ceiling, and although Cleveland General Manager Koby Altman would like to add another pure scorer, there’s no getting around the fact the Cavs allowed the sixth-most points to opponents during the regular season. Hunter could make an impact right away defensively, so adding a standout two-way player of his calibre makes sense. Of course, the Hawks, who are reportedly high on Hunter, could come calling with a trade offer.

Jaxson Hayes Draft Position

Picks 1-11 @ $1.55
  • College: Texas (2018/19)
  • Position: Forward
  • Stats: 10.0 PPG, 5.0 REB, 2.2 BLK

Hayes is easily one of the top two centres available in this year’s draft class, and he should fall somewhere between the sixth and 11th overall pick. Chicago will take a look at seven but don’t be surprised if the 19-year-old winds up in Atlanta or even Washington two spots later. Hayes is a former high-school wide receiver with athleticism to boot. He was huge defensively last year for the Longhorns around the rim and if he can establish a solid jump-shot, Hayes could turn into a force in the NBA. Pairing him alongside Lauri Markkanen in Chicago is a juicy prospect.

Nassir Little Draft Position

13+ @ $2.35
  • College: UNC (2019/19)
  • Position: Forward
  • Stats: 9.8 PPG, 4.6 REB

Perhaps another season at UNC would have improved Little’s draft stock, but despite the small sample size, there’s still a lot to like about the 6-foot-6 forward. The big man was an effective shooter last year with the Tar Heels and has since dropped some weight in the hopes of being drafted Top 10. Unfortunately, Little was overshadowed by teammate Coby White last year, which could see him fall to the Hornets or even the Heat on Friday. A look back at his old high school footage suggests there’s some real potential off the dribble though, to go along with strong defensive upside.

Romeo Langford Draft Position

Pick 17+ @ $2.15
  • College: Indiana
  • Position: Guard
  • Stats: 16.5 PPG, 5.4 REB, 2.3 APG

Should fit in nicely as a wing for any team willing to roll the dice with their mid-first round pick. Langford is long with a lengthy wingspan, but he’s still a year or two away from stepping in as a starter at NBA level. The biggest downside to Langford’s game is his jump shot, particularly from outside the arc. The NBA is now a three-point league, and when a prospect shoots below 30% from three, it certainly stands out. For that reason alone, Langford should fall on draft day.

2019 NBA Draft Order

1. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. New York Knicks
4. New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Phoenix Suns
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Atlanta Hawks
9. Washington Wizards
10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks)
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
12. Charlotte Hornets
13. Miami Heat
14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
15. Detroit Pistons
16. Orlando Magic
17. Brooklyn Nets
18. Indiana Pacers
19. San Antonio Spurs
20. Boston Celtics (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
22. Boston Celtics
23. Utah Jazz
24. Philadelphia 76ers
25. Portland Trail Blazers
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Houston Rockets)
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Denver Nuggets)
28. Golden State Warriors
29. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto Raptors)
30. Milwaukee Bucks

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